Music Box Films Presents The Midwife


Posted by Larry Gleeson



Written and Directed by Martin Provost (Violette, Séraphine)

Starring Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot (Marguerite, Haute Cuisine) and Olivier Gourmet (The Minister, The Son)

Opens in Los Angeles and New York on July 21st 

Official Selection: 2017 Berlin Film Festival

Catherine Deneuve, left, as Beatrice Sobolevski, and Catherine Frot as Claire Breton, in The Midwife. @Michaal Crotto/Courtesy of Music Box Films.

THE MIDWIFE, starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot in their first on screen appearance together in a moving drama about unlikely friendships, forgiveness, and the need for change, written specifically for them by director Martin Provost (Séraphine, Violette). THE MIDWIFE is scheduled to open in Los Angeles and New York on Friday, July 21st.

Catherine Frot as Claire Breton in The Midwife. @Michaal Crotto/Courtesy of Music Box Films

Claire (Catherine Frot-Marguerite) is a talented but tightly wound midwife and single mother on the cusp of losing her job as her small maternity clinic can’t compete with the nearby big hospital.  Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), is the estranged, free-spirited but broken-down mistress of Claire’s deceased father looking for redemption.  Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two women come to rely on each other to cope with the unusual circumstances that brings them together.

The Midwife Director, Martin Provost. @Michaal Crotto/Courtesy of Music Box Films

Writer-director Martin Provost began his career as both a stage and screen actor and joined the prestigious Comédie Française theatre troupe in the 1980s.  After two shorts and first feature Tortilla y Cinema (starring Carmen Maura), his directorial breakthrough was Séraphine, about the self-taught artist Séraphine de Senlis, which went on to win seven César awards including Best Film and Best Actress for Yolande Moreau. Provost has also written several novels including Aime-moi vite, Léger, humain, pardonable, La Rousse Péteuse and Bifteck.  For THE MIDWIFE, Provost filmed in maternity wards in Belgium capturing real life births.

THE MIDWIFE is scheduled to open in Los Angeles and New York on Friday, July 21st.

Written and directed by Martin Provost. Cinematography by Yves Cape. Edited by Albertine Lastera. Produced by Olivier Delbosc. Starring Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire, Mylène Demongeot.

Running Time: 117 Minutes
Language:French with English subtitles.
Rating: Unrated

(Sourced from press materials provided by Marina Bailey PR)